UP panchayat polls: BJP takes a hit in Ayodhya, wins just 8 of 40 district-level seats

Lakhs of candidates contested the panchayat elections across Uttar Pradesh — for seats at four levels including the village and the district — on free symbols allotted by the State Election Commission (SEC). The parties had, however, extended support to those in the fray and are now claiming that the results have gone in their favour.